Bacon. The juicy, fatty meat we love to hear sizzling as we make our way to the kitchen for breakfast. The tantalizing smell alone is enough to convince one that there is hardly a better addition to a breakfast meal out there. But is bacon only for breakfast?
Certainly not. Over the years we have seen bacon make its way into many culinary delights, including burgers, pastas, pizzas, soups, sandwiches, salads, and more. But have we reached the limit when it comes to what dishes bacon can enhance?
Culinary adventurers have asked these questions themselves and discovered some truly magnificent bacon combinations that have yet to be widely discovered. Listed below are 6 food items that we think wonderfully tango with the salty strips of pork.
1. Cinnamon Rolls
Instead of eating bacon as a side dish with your morning pastry, why not combine the two? The spiral shape of cinnamon rolls makes it easy to roll a strip of bacon right into dough. The bacon will cook inside the roll and the rolls will soak up the grease, leaving you with extra delicious tasting cinnamon rolls. Plus, no messy grease cleanup necessary! The cinnamon inside the rolls and the sweet glaze on top gives a flavor nod to a “brown sugar maple” bacon experience. If you prefer to cook your bacon separately, simply just crumble on top!
2. Onion Rings
The almighty onion ring is a fan favorite at sports bars and family restaurants. Typically just consisting of onions and a breading, or batter, deep-fried in oil, an onion ring is a simple, yet genius creation. While it has stood the test of time on its own, there are so many onion ring opportunities yet to be truly explored – one of them being the bacon-wrapped ring. Making bacon wrapped o-rings can work in a couple of different ways: if you’re making them batter style, you can wrap the onion with bacon before you dip in the batter, or dip the onion in the batter, deep-fry, and then wrap with bacon and deep-fry once more. Either way, you won’t be sorry. This salty combination is begging to be at your next Super-Bowl party or summer cook-out.
3. Ice Cream Sundaes
This one may seem like a bit of a stretch for you. We’re veering from bacon’s traditional relatives here – breakfast and bar food. But trust us when we tell you that you are missing out by not expanding your horizons to the world of bacon in dessert! Think of it like this: Do you like peanuts in your ice cream? Pretzels? Maybe even some salted caramel? Then you’re probably a lover of salty and sweet combinations. Don’t overlook bacon as a viable option when it comes to adding some salt to your sweet. In an ice cream sundae, bacon topping is often paired with maple syrup, but like any sundae, you can make it however you’d like! We’d recommend topping with the crispiest bacon possible, because no one wants a soggy piece of fat in their ice cream. All you have to do is crumble that bacon to bits and throw it on top of your favorite ice cream, and voila! You’ve made yourself a bacon ice cream sundae!
If you’re truly a fan of salty and sweet combos but a bacon ice cream sundae is seeming like a bit much to you, we recommend trying chocolate-dipped bacon. Bacon and chocolate are like brothers from another mother – they both can make nearly anything better, and this includes each other! The easiest way to try chocolate-dipped bacon is simply to prepare the bacon your preferred way and then melt some chocolate. Once the bacon has either cooled enough to touch or cooled completely in the refrigerator, you can now dip it into your melted chocolate. Enjoy it hot and drippy right away or let the chocolate cool and harden for a crunchy, salty, sugary snack!
When thinking of things that go with crackers, bacon is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind… maybe not even the 100th… but after trying some bacon-wrapped crackers it’s the only thing you’ll think about the minute someone mentions the word. Bacon-wrapped crackers have got to be one of the easiest and tastiest snacks/appetizers out there. They are great for parties and extremely versatile. For basic bacon-wrapped crackers, you literally only need bacon and crackers. Wrap a half a strip of bacon around a cracker and bake it in the oven until the bacon is cooked to your liking. Boom. Done. To add some more variety you can sprinkle some brown sugar on the cracker before wrapping the bacon around it or drizzle with maple syrup after cooking. You could also sprinkle on any other spices you like or melt some cheese on top as well. Like we said, so yummy, and so customizable!
6. Peanut Butter and Banana Toast
That’s right, folks. Elvis lovers everywhere know all about the peanut butter bacon banana sandwich that was so beloved by the King. For all you hipsters out there with your avocado toast, switch things up for a day and try this delicious twist on traditional peanut butter and banana toast. Simply make peanut butter and banana toast any way you like it and then add bacon! That’s it! The flavors blend so surprisingly well, and the bacon ensures you get an extra oomph of protein. This one is for you, muscle-builders!
There are so many more dishes out there just waiting to be upgraded by this phenomenal pork product. So don’t be afraid to get adventurous friends! Go ahead and “Put Some Bacon In It!”